Keep 911 lines open for Fourth of July emergencies

July 4, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. July 4, 2010

King County emergency management officials urged residents to keep 911 lines open and to instead call nonemergency numbers for reporting illegal fireworks use on Independence Day.

Find a list of nonemergency fireworks phone numbers here. The site also offers a link to the Office State Fire Marshal’s list of areas with fireworks restrictions or bans, including Issaquah. The site includes a comprehensive list of public fireworks displays, too.

Fireworks pose a fire hazard to property and a safety risk to people using them.  Every year, police and fire departments throughout King County respond to numerous fireworks-related fires and injuries.

Every fireworks-related injury and fire should be reported to 911. Complaints about fireworks use and noise should be directed to the nonemergency numbers.

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One Response to “Keep 911 lines open for Fourth of July emergencies”

  1. Doug on July 4th, 2010 11:19 am

    Two hundred plus years of tradition flushed down the toilet by the powers that be because a few dolts are irresponsible with fireworks. Freedom to celebrate your freedom? Bah! They may just as well cancel the holiday since it apparently has no meaning to our “representatives” .

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